More information continues to flow in about the California terrorists. Who were these shooters and what do we now know about them? Here are the up to the minute details as they’ve come to light.
Here’s what we know of the San Bernardino shooters thus far. Syed Farook, 28, had been born in Chicago and subsequently moved with his family to Riverside. His father was a truck driver, his smother a clerk at Kaiser Permanente. His mother filed for divorce in 2006, citing abuse and domestic violence.
Farook graduated from University of San Bernardino in 2010 in environmental health. He attended La Sierra High School with his older brother, Syed Raheel. Syed Raheel joined the Navy immediately after high school. He served from 2003 to 2007 and was awarded two medals for service in the “Global War on Terrorism.” Below are pictures of Farook from his Junior and Senior years at high school.
Little is known of his Pakistani bride and accomplice Tasheen Malik. Records show, starting in 2010 Farook began looking for love online. At that time, right after college, Farook’s profile – using the name Rizwan – was that of a normal guy looking for a girl. He stated he liked fixing up vintage cars. However, his profile took a turn sometime a few years later, emphasizing his Muslim faith.
The couple met online a few years ago and married last year in Islam’s holy city of Mecca. State Departments confirm Farook spent time in Saudi Arabia. They returned to the U.S. with Malik on a fiancée’s visa. Malik obtained a green card after the background check by the FBI and Homeland Security.
According to the LA Times in regard to Malik:
The idea of a new mother helping carry out a mass murder perplexed many. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who had a classified FBI briefing on the shooting Thursday, said leaving an infant for a suicide mission was “not something a woman would easily do.”
“So it’s going to be very interesting for me to see what her background was, what level of animus she had, because she had to have a considerable level,” Feinstein said.
Meanwhile, acquaintances and colleagues of Farook were struggling to reconcile the soft-spoken man they knew with the masked rampage killer who shot up a room filled with co-workers.
At the Islamic Center of Riverside, where Farook had worshipped until about two years ago, mosque director Mustapha Kuko described him as quiet, private and devoted to Koran (Quran) study.
As more information comes out, the picture being painted is one of Malik being the impetus leading Farook into radicalized Islam. Malik never went out in public with out the full headdress and scarf covering her entire face. This is why little to no pictures of Malik’s face have surfaced.
Law Enforcement detailed it was “the female” Malik, who was shooting at the police during the chase. Malik appeared to be quite astute with what is an AR-15. Authorities believe it was Malik who shot one of the police officers, who is recovering at an area hospital.
Most stunning is this breaking news. Reports on Malik paint her as “the gasoline” that started the fire of Farook’s radicalization. According to Reuters:
Tashfeen Malik, the female shooter in the California rampage that left 14 dead, is believed to have pledged allegiance to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, CNN reported on Friday, citing three U.S. officials.
One of the officials said Malik had pledged allegiance to al-Baghdadi in a posting on Facebook under an account that used a different name, CNN said.
This breaking news would leave no doubt that this is indeed an Islamic terrorist attack. As Obama refuses to label the shooting in San Bernardino a terrorist attack, the facts are coming together that point to Malik, a Pakistani national, as a follower of the Islamic State.
Malik potentially saw Farook, a U. S. citizen, as her ticket to America. What is evident is that Farook’s background is not radicalized until he met Malik online.
This should be troublesome to us all. A U.S. citizen was able to be “radicalized” under the influence of Islam by a Middle Easterner who underwent the same “vetting” Syrian refugees go through to enter our country. Now, not only do we need to be concerned with already radicalized Islamists slipping into our nation, we need to worry about the influence they will have once they get here. The only question is, will America wake up before it’s too late and more lives are lost?